Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

Jan 17, 2015

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

by Eric Johnston

A crowd of nearly 14,000 gathered at a park early Saturday to light candles in remembrance of those who died. As incense wafted through the air, the dark, chilly morning was pierced by a moment of silence at exactly 5:46 a.m. “I lost my ...

Haiti better off 5 years after quake, though still troubled

Jan 11, 2015

Haiti better off 5 years after quake, though still troubled

Before the earth shook and turned their lives upside down, Rosena Dordor was like millions of poor Haitians, living with her family in a cramped home with no running water or sanitation, struggling to get by and fearing the next rent increase would force ...

U.S. judge tosses lawsuit vs. U.N. over Haiti cholera outbreak

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge tosses lawsuit vs. U.N. over Haiti cholera outbreak

The United Nations is immune from a lawsuit seeking compensation for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak, a U.S. judge said Friday in dismissing a case that government lawyers said could open the international body to an onslaught of litigation. The suit stemmed from ...

Jan 8, 2015

Hyogo to dig wells at schools for use in disasters

Hyogo Prefecture will start digging wells in fiscal 2015 at public schools designated as safe shelters so that local residents have access to water when natural disasters occur. It will be the first prefecture to set up wells at shelters. Drawing from the experience ...

Dec 24, 2014

Aichi doctors to form disaster teams to examine corpses

An association of doctors in Aichi Prefecture, plans to create teams next spring that specialize in examining the bodies of victims in major natural disasters and accidents, according to people familiar with the plan. The Aichi Prefectural Government estimates that up to 29,000 people ...